Hello coaches! Starting off, 5 stars, listen to you guys every chance I get. Always telling people I meet to tune in. Keep it up! (first time poster on here though sorry for any mistake I make)
Going to try and keep this short, but to get to my questions with enough information on me, I have to give a brief history so bare with me.
I’m 31, 5’10", 178 lbs currently (normally in the summer 170) I have severe ADHD, so I’m taking amphetamine salts, it’s a pure amphetamine unlike some combos that people get prescribed. I just started riding a bike at 29, prior to that I hadn’t been on a bicycle since I was 13 or 14. I rode 2 or 3 times with my fiance and decided I wanted a bike. 2 months later (Christmas 2017) I got an old steel bike. Did my first 40+ mile ride shortly after and decided I wanted more. My fiance then said she wanted to do Petal Pedal, a 100 mile supported century in Silverton Oregon. So I said yeah, let’s do it. I was told that 3 months was joy enough time to be ready since I had never ridden bikes really before.
It was this moment. The moment of being told I couldn’t achieve it, that got me so pumped. I dove headlong into riding, and soon bought a older used Specialized transition comp, rode Petal Pedal in just under 6 hours. My fiance then set her sights on Seattle to Portland. So of course I decided I had to do it too. From never riding a rode bike, to Seattle to Portland (2 day) success I had only been on a bike for 7 months. Then I burnt out. I was tired. And wanted weekends to spend with my fiance and not always on the bike. So I kinda stopped riding so much… Miles tapered and training slowed. Then 2019 hits and riding has to be back burner. I get married this past summer, I got a decent amount of riding but 2019 end with 2000 miles. 2020 I am doing STP one day, goal of sub 12 hours. My training plan has me at just over 3500 miles by STP date mid July.
Thank you for bearing with me through that. For any references needed, strava.com/athletes/24485130. So my questions:
when climbing hills, or sprinting all out my heart rate normally is around 200 with me blacking out with tunnel vision at like 205. I love climbing and have done a ton of it, I normally am not concerned about it but with the increase of training am I going to actually kill myself while riding?
for I feel like my short cycling experience has seen lots of growth, am I setting myself up for failure or injury by continuing to want more and more lofty goals without the long history of riding?
is there any research showing people with Adhd, that are medicated, being stronger or more adaptive riders?
while riding STP solo, I can draft confidently, butis it a bad idea or against ‘the proper rules’ to dive into a group. I don’t mind pulling twice as often, I just don’t want to be ‘that guy’.
Thanks for anyone who actually made it this far, hope everyone is off to a great new year. I’m happy to fill in or answer any questions or clarifying information with this post.